Police topples Army, Nute happy with final result

Police 15s rugby team in an earlier match beating Army 38-30 in the Suva Rugby Union Escott Shield Competition. Picture: PRAVIN NARAIN/FILE

POLICE came on top in the battle of the forces against Army by winning 38-30 in the Suva Rugby Union Escott Shield match at Buckhurst Ground in Suva on Saturday. The men from Nasova had to fight hard and keep their defence on alert against the powerful Army side to win.

Police scored two tries through winger Semi Saulaki while inspirational captain Samu Bale, Saula Naivakadranu and Jone Tawoa.

Police coach Solomone Nute said he was satisfied with the performance of the players.

“Playing against Army is always hard, but I am happy that the players managed to beat them in the competition today (on Saturday),” Nute said.

“It was a tough match. “We trained hard for the past week especially for this match and all the hard work paid off.”

Nute said he was happy with the performance of team captain Bale.

“Samu Bale played a gusty game and he is leading the team by example as he had played for the Fiji 7s team previously,” he said.

“The young players are adjusting well. Both teams were tough, but we are happy to come out victorious,” he said. “We are in the mid of the season and the team had 70 per cent fitness and we will be working hard for another week. We are ranked third in the competition and we are working hard going forward to the elimination.”